Fletcher Warren, senior History and Business & Political Science major at Bethel University.
My wardrobe at St. Michael’s.
Bekah and Christ Church, seen from the Christ Church Meadows.
The old entrance to the School of Grammar and History library (School’s Quad, Bodleian)
The Tower of the Five Orders. Each column is in a successive classical style: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite. King James I sits near the top, surrounded by angels. (School’s Quadrangle, Bodleian Library)
The Light of the World (William Hunt), Keble College Chapel
Dinner at the Eagle and Child (or, as the Inklings were fond of calling it, the Bird and Baby).
Bekah and a duck, Oxford Canal
One of many house boats in Oxford Canal
Christ Church Meadow
Oxford Botanical Gardens with Magdalen College tower in the background
Bekah with St. Hilda’s College in the background
An obligatory 1914-2014 picture
Balloon over Merton College
The baths. The lowest level is Roman, the balcony is 19th century, and the Abbey is largely 11th century.
A 19th century statue adding Roman flavour to the baths
2,000 year old Roman walkway
“Ecce quod bonum et quod iucundum est” (Behold that which is good and pleasing,” if my Latin serves me.
On the way to the Circus we passed a branch of the noted Saville Row (London) tailor Gieves and Hawkes!
Queens Square, also by John Wood the Younger
The view from my window.
The dining hall.
Bekah, her roomate (front centre) and two friends walk
A classic car seen by the Radcliffe Camera
Image of deity (likely Neptune)
The Weinerhorn – Fletcher’s favourite.
The staircase (familiar from Harry Potter films), Christ Church
The roof of the dining hall. It’s hard to convey how rich and chocolatey this wood was.
The dining hall
Evidence of anti-Peel sentiment (19th century PM), Christ Church
Tom Tower, designed by Sir Christopher Wren
Down the nave
Evidence of reformation shenanigins
Christ Church cathedral ceiling
The nave floor, Christ Church
The Christ Church organ
Stained glass, Christ Church
Three glass panels that contain anti-royal stories (they shouldn’t have survived the reformation, but did). The middle shows the murder of the cleric Thomas Becket at the bequest of King Henry. These are displayed at a college founded by a cardinal Thomas who was an enemy of a King Henry. It’s apparent why their survival is impressive.
A military band plays in the streets. Neither Bekah or Fletcher know the songs.
University Church of St. Mary the Virgin interior.
Lovely greens in the cloister quad.
The Magdalen flag.
Detail of cloister
Looking into the Cloister quad
The dining hall. More comforting than the larger Keble and Christ Church halls. It also smelled wonderful.
At Magdalen College. A very kind Englishman asked us whether we’d like a photo. After framing us, he said, “think of money.” The second photo was prefaced by, “think of cheese.”
Fireworks celebrating Oxford Open Doors
The top of the front facade
Left transept and crossing tower
Detail of the left transept facade
The facade of the left transept
The Lady Chapel exterior
In front of the front facade central door
The crossing tower from the graveyard
The serpentine arch, located just before the crossing.
The Great War commemoration chapel
Roll of Summerset County dead.
Candles for peace in the Middle East
Ceiling of the Lady Chapel
Toward the front facade, down the nave.
Looking toward the front facade.
Aisle of a transept.
In the aisle of a transept.
In the graveyard.
The ceiling of the nave.
Looking up to the ceiling of the Chapel House (the place of business in the cathedral)
Bekah and Nate at the Chapter House central pillar
It’s from this door that one first views the entire cathedral of Wells. The bench just to the left of the arch was historically (15th century?) the place for alms-beggers to sit.
A side entrance to the left aisle
The nave, looking toward the left transept.
Looking up the nave toward the choir. The large stone tower visible through the second arch marks the start of the choir.
The monk’s refectory (dining hall)
The location of Arthur’s tomb after it was enshrined in the cathedral.
Standing near the right transept looking toward the apse across the choir.
Peter Paul Rubens painting
Lust for Liberty: The Politics of Social Revolt in Medieval Europe, 1200-1425 – Samuel K. Cohn
Radcliffe Camera stairwell ceiling
Radcliffe Camera stairwell
Fletcher finds his home
Rather ugly (and characteristic) 1970s(?) architecture in Jericho
Crossing the tracks
Crossing the Thames
A small (probably manmade) lake the feeds off of the Thames is a popular spot for houseboats to anchor
Stepping light among cow pies
A close encounter
Bekah stands proud
A flower growing on the bridge crossing the railyard
Looking down Walton Street
The headquarters of the Oxford University Press
The Cloister Green
The Great Fountain
Looking east toward the Jubilee Fountain
Looking west toward the palace in the Great Fountain garden
Looking north, with the Georgian facade in the distance
Tudor wine cellar
The Georgian stair
“Where are you from?” “Minnesota.” “Where is that?” “The new world.” “Oh, you must mean the Spanish colonies!”
In the Georgian apartments
This is carved wood, a design which runs nearly fifty feet in length around the fireplace
A throne fit for a king
Georgian portion of the palace
In the courtyard
The great hall ceiling
In the great hall
In the great hall
A room off of the Great Hall
Servants dining room. Everything in the room is 16th century
One of my two clandestine photos of the chapel
Looking south along the east side of the Privy Garden walls
Looking southwest across the Privy Gardens
The Privy Gardens
Looking north toward the Georgian facade
The Knot Garden, looking south
The Pond Gardens
In front of the westernmost Pond Garden
Rhodes: The Race for Africa
Rhodes Scholars, Oxford, and the Creation of an American Elite
The Founder: Cecil Rhodes and the Pursuit of Power
The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe
The altar – Hampton Court Palace
Chapel ceiling – Hampton Court Palace
Sluice gate for the Meadow – it is flooded in the winter
The Venician buildings from across the Meadow
Front to rear, Magdalen Tower, (then north across the High Street) the steeple of St. Mary the Virgin, and the Radcliffe Camera
Christ Church Cathedral in the fore, Tom Tower in the background
The Venician buildings
Olive oils, rapeseed oils, and vinegars
Wines, Liqueurs, gins, vodkas, and scotches
St. Michael’s of the North Gate
The door Thomas Cranmer and Hugh Latimer were led through to their execution at the stake; Bekah is sad for them, posthumously.
(L to R) Sheldonian Theatre (copper dome), Exeter College Chapel, Radcliffe Camera, St. Mary the Virgin
(L to R) Balliol College Chapel, Balliol Gatehouse
Lovely fields far away
Christ Church Tom Tower, looking down Cornmarket Street
All Saints Church
Wesley Memorial Church (foreground), Nuffield College (background)
At the top!
Balliol College Hall (foreground), Keble College Chapel (in distance). I think this perfectly captures the hulking, dark gothic look the builders of Keble sought to emulate.
Exeter College Chapel (L), Radcliffe Camera (R)
Roof of St. Michael’s of the North Gate
Magdalen College Chapel
Cloisters from the ground
The Cloisters from above
Up the tower
Exterior of the cone
Animal shadows in the Cloisters
Magdalen Tower over the Hall, Oscar Wilde Room, and Old Kitchen
In the side gardens by the Old Kitchen
Against the outside walls of the Cloisters, by the Cherwell
Coming around the Cloisters onto the New Building Lawn
In front of New Building
Magdalen tower across the Water Meadow
Horse chestnuts everywhere (and buckeyes too)
Crossing the river Cherwell
These leaves were very thick and waxy
Magdalen College gate with gummy
Tolkien used to walk here; Mallorn tree?
Waiting for food
Gate to Green Park, north of Buckingham
Will they have to change the thousands of these when the Queen dies?
The Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham
In St. James’s Park
Outside of the Churchill War Rooms
For next time…
The British Bulldog (and imitator)
The Eye of London
The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons, 16th October 1834 exhibited 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
A Disaster at Sea ?circa 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
Ancient Italy – Ovid banished from Rome exhibited 1838 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
The Angel Standing in the Sun exhibited 1846 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
Undine Giving the Ring to Massaniello, Fisherman of Naples exhibited 1846 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino exhibited 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
The Parting of Hero and Leander exhibited 1837 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway exhibited 1844 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
The Oxford Centre for Missions Studies
Approaching St. Hugh’s
China Centre Building – an attractive mix of Asian and English architecture.
St. Hugh’s Arms
A street in Jericho
Canadian World War II Memorial
Canadian War Memorial (WWII)
Entrance to the Royal Academy of Art
Art installation in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts
The banner image at the top of the website is a selection from the late 18th and 19th century English watercolorist and landscape painter J.M.W. Turner's 'The St Gotthard Road between Amsteg and Wassen looking up the Reuss Valley.' The painting dates from either 1803 or 1814-15, likely produced during one of the artist's Swiss travels during those two years.